How To: Wear A Killer Cocktail Dress?


Because the KCD is the new LBD.

The festive dinner invites are flooding in, and work party-planning are well underway. Now that we're into Week Two of December, it’s time to get that go-to party piece nailed for the holiday season.

Although the likes of Moschino, Emanuel Ungaro and Anthony Vaccarello have us thinking the '80s are well and truly revived, gone is the classic representation of the cocktail dress. In its place are fun frocks that are perfect for outrageous evenings.

Last season may have been all about the boy, as we donned our long shorts and Birkenstocks, but a distinct surge in pattern and glitter now has us rushing out for a cute dress. Inherently cool, Lanvin’s black feather-trimmed mini dress (£2,415/S$3,779) no doubt makes for a wild night of shaking your tail feather.

With its ocean colour and heavy embellishment, Delpozo’s embellished party frock takes gold in the killer cocktail dress contest. But it comes at a steep price (yes, it really is £10,459!). Chances, we are looking for something a little more affordable — look to MGSM who expertly mix a pretty silhouette with an edgy print. Zip yourself into their Brocade cocktail dress (£650) for a contemporary take on a classic.

With such statement pieces come little need for accessorising. Merely slip into a pair of leg-lengthening heels, grab a Tanya Taylor fluff-ball bag, and be on your way to that Bellini.

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